Project Title: Sitka
Landscape Architect: Berger Partnership, PS
Category: Residential Design
Award: Award of Honor
Location: Seattle, WA

Sitka embodies an ideal to bring urban ecology and native landscape to the urban site scale and push the boundaries of sustainability for a common development typology. Key program elements and goals determined early in the process included a regionally native plant palette with species often not deemed suitable in the urban realm, gray water for irrigation, incorporating urban agriculture, and using local materials. The hope is that this didactic case study would inspire more people in Seattle to connect with nature without needing to leave the city. The design captures the essence of the local San Juan Island ecology, a favorite vacation spot a few hours from the downtown core. The design team also wanted to provide more “green than grey” and aid efforts to reforest the city in the face of climate change, rising global temperatures,and habitat loss. We want people and landscape architects to look at this project and fall in love with it because it is beautiful, not solely because it is a model of sustainability.

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